Arma virumque cano

24th October 2016

While Virgil’s Aeneid (and its immortal opening phrase that sings of arms and the man) was composed more than two thousand years before Alastair Campbell addressed the Fourth Clongowes Business Lunch in Dublin last Friday, the themes addressed by both men are timeless and have much in common… More than 250 souls – mostly Old…read more

Games of Thrones

23rd October 2016

While Woody Allen may have quipped that he failed to make the chess team because of his height, the same may not be said of the intellectual giants from Elements and Rudiments who took on the might of St. Kevin’s College, Crumlin last Thursday (20th October) and acquitted themselves with no little distinction…  St.Kevin’s College,…read more

Past v Present Golf

20th October 2016

In 1978, to mark our success in the Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup, J. Brendan Prendiville (OC’40) presented the Prendiville Plate for annual competition between the Past and the Present. All of these matches have, to date, been played at Portmarnock Golf Club with the addition of a return fixture in Clongowes. This year the Portmarnock…read more

Making Good Decisions

18th October 2016

Rudiments Parent Day will take place on this Sunday 23rd October 2016 as indicated on the school calendar.  The day will begin at 10am with Eucharist in the Sports Hall.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  Our speakers will be in room 3 at 11.30am, we will finish the day after 1pm with the option of lunch. Our…read more

From a Land Down Under

18th October 2016

This year’s Transition Year Australian Exchange, which takes place from early October to early December, is well under way and all the boys involved have settled in very well and are enjoying finding out about life in the other hemisphere. All of this year’s Australian team are boarders in St. Ignatius College, Riverview and so…read more

‘A man of vision’

18th October 2016

The new leader of the Jesuits worldwide is ‘decisive, visionary and has a great sense of humour,’ according to Gerry Whelan SJ, an Irish Jesuit who lectures in the Gregorian University in Rome. Fr Arturo Sosa (on the right above), newly elected Father General of the Jesuits, was until now, Gerry’s Provincial in Rome, and…read more

Open Day

14th October 2016

As the prospective pupils of Rhetoric 2022 arrived down the autumn clad avenue for their first taste of life in Clongowes Wood College on Saturday last (October 8th) one could sense the anticipation among the boys and indeed, the excitement among prospective parents, both accustomed and unaccustomed, to the school. For a number of those…read more

Wellread Clongowes

12th October 2016

It will come as no surprise to visitors to either this website (and the Library Blog in particular) or to the magnificent real world James Joyce Library in the college that the Clongowes reading community was recognised at the Wellread National Award Event on Wednesday, October 12th. Clongowes was among just 33 schools in the…read more

Syntax Jailbirds

11th October 2016

On Monday, October 3rd, the Syntax year group took a trip to Kilmainham Gaol eager to learn about the prison’s history. Clongowes was lucky to have award-winning writer Aaron Clarke embedded in the party from where he filed this report… We arrived at Kilmainham shortly before noon, were introduced to our two guides and the…read more

Kids Helping Kids

8th October 2016

For almost twenty five years the Transition Year students in Clongowes have made raising money to buy a piece of life saving equipment for Crumlin Children’s Hospital an annual goal. Equipment to date has included portable ultra sound machines for use with children with limited mobility and machines to help diagnose cancer patients more quickly….read more

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